Challenges To Re-Establishment Of Law And Order

The shooting in Kaduwela courts of a remand prisoner by an unidentified gunman, who got away and was later apprehended by police, will bring fear and cause much concern among ordinary citizens. It brings into question whether the government authorities are capable of protecting even those who are entrusted to their custody even inside a court of law.

Prisoner Damith Udayanga, who is a suspect in three murder cases, was brought to the Kaduwela courts by prison officials to face charges against him. The assailant, it is reported, had pulled out a pistol wrapped in a bandage around his arm and shot the prisoner.

Law courts may not be considered the Temples of Justice, as previously described by lawyers, any more by the people because of their failure to live up to expectations. Yet it is considered with respect, regard and fear because even puffing a cigarette within court premises could lead to an unfortunate being thrown behind bars.

If a person could be targeted by a gunman in a supposedly secure place as a court of law, a person under threat would certainly be afraid of his life elsewhere.

Reports on the incident do not say whether prison officials were armed or whether armed police were present in courts when the incident occurred. Had there been no armed prison or police officials during the incident, it is indeed a strange way to guard a prisoner charged with three murders.

The daring action of the assailant is frightening.

In another instance, an outsider was recently allowed into the remand cell that held alleged drug kingpin Mohomad Siddeek.

In either case the prison officials as well as their senior officers will have many questions to be answered.

A fallout of any war within a country results in the criminalization of society after it.

Soldiers trained in use of sophisticated weaponry re-enter society and many or some of them are without regular employment. There are deserters hiding away from authorities. And worst of all: society is awash with deadly weapons.

The top brass of our police would have been well aware of such developments after an armed conflict. Recent evidence was provided in an incident where the underworld was involved in the gunning down of UNP Minister Ravi Karunanayake’s supporters killing one person and injuring 13 others while on an election campaign.

But we do not hear or see any sweeping moves being taken by the authorities against the underworld apart from reactions to outbreaks of violence.

Has there been a sustained campaign to recover unauthorized, unlicensed guns from the underworld? Admittedly it is a challenging task but that is an essential move to decriminalise society. An underworld left undisturbed to conduct its criminal activities grows in strength and the most dangerous of all is that it leads to criminalisation of politics. It has happened in this country with major political parties and today there are dope peddlers and drug smugglers in key positions in important political parties.

It is said that a well known heroin smuggler, now behind bars, holds court doing what he wants and having some officials as messenger boys.

Appeals made by leading prelates, professionals and social workers for political parties to desist from nominating candidates of disrepute, particularly those associated with gambling, drugs and heroin smuggling, have fallen on deaf ears. They are back in parliament, some of them even after being rejected by the people!

Sri Lankan society is being attacked by new forces beyond our shores. Electronics have brought many good things to our people but also digital crimes involving pornography and pedophilia and other forms of sexual perversions. Sri Lankan society right now has been stunned by horrendous crime committed by a pedophile.

We are not authorities in criminology to lecture the police on tackling new kinds of crime that the digital age has brought to us.

Leading lawyer Minister of Law and Order, Thilak Marapana faces the challenges of de-criminalisation of society, politics and tackling digital crimes.


1 Comment for “Challenges To Re-Establishment Of Law And Order”

  1. The first challenge is to be truthful.

    Any expression that is real and honest without error, exageration or manipulation is the TRUTH. Truth has only one face to it. But untruth or falsehood has different faces.

    Truth becomes a light in a persons thinking and way of life.’And the knowledge of truth makes one to change from falsehood when he accepts in his mind and speaks from his heart.

    Then, his feelings, emotions and desires become refined and truth based.

    Truthfulness mixed with love as a way of life, makes a person to associate them with mercy, kindness, sincerity, peace, goodness, uprightness and faithufulness.

    These, give freedom to man to give up evil, bad or wrong and makes him have a meaningful life. Strength and stability in life and spiritual growth result, when one chooses and practices truthfulness and love.

    In SL, we need to seek the truth, speak the truth and face the truth to be reconciled and fruitful.

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